Adventures by Air, Land or Sea: The Best Activities in Los Cabos

Los Cabos is a paradise for active types, with world-class conditions for water sports such as fishing, diving, sailing, windsurfing and kiteboarding, and challenging desert and mountain terrain for camping and hiking enthusiasts. Less active types, meanwhile, will appreciate the surfeit of pampering spas and stellar shopping in the downtown districts of cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

Our top choice, A-Maze-In Cabo Race, provides a unique introduction to the landscape and landmarks of Los Cabos. Much like the reality series Amazing Race, participants strive to decipher puzzles and clues – often involving local bars, restaurants and beaches – in an attempt to be first to the finish line. This fun-filled sightseeing concept has become one of the area’s most popular activities options, and it’s not unusual to see teams dashing through the downtown streets of Cabo San Lucas.

Intrepid sorts will enjoy Cabo Expeditions, which offers an innovative array of land and water-based eco-activities, ranging from undersea helmet diving and snuba (a hybrid of snorkeling and scuba) to city tours and day trips to the uninhabited Isla Espíritu Santo off the coast of Baja California Sur's capital city of La Paz. Aficionados of adrenaline-pumping experiences, meanwhile, will love Cabo Adventure's thrilling new off-road adventure, which offers challenging high-speed treks across rugged desert terrain.

Enjoy incredible aerial views of Médano Beach, Pedregal, Land's End, The Arch, and Bahía San Lucas from a motorized ultralight. Pilot Ernesto Magaña has close to 30 years of flying experience, and offers some of Cabo San Lucas' most...  Read More

Cuadra San Francisco is one of the Los Cabos area's hidden gems. Francisco Barrera and his son Valente are master horsemen, and they offer virtually every equine-related activity imaginable: trail rides over local terrain, romantic rides along...  Read More

Few local adventure companies can match Cabo Expedtions' variety of eco-themed activities, which include whale watching and swimming with whale sharks (seasonal), parasailing, diving, snorkel trips to Chileno and Santa María Bays, day trips to...  Read More

Los Cabos has drawn a host of legendary names to design the ever-increasing number of championship-level loops in the region, but nonpareil golfer Jack Nicklaus was the one who put the area on the map. The Ocean Course at Cabo del Sol is...  Read More

The Baja California peninsula hosts the most famous off-road race on the planet, the rugged and challenging Baja 1000. Over the years, scores of Los Cabos based activities companies have attempted to replicate this experience on a smaller scale,...  Read More

Cabo San Lucas was built on big-game sportfishing, and even the most amateur of anglers will want to take their chances with the local population of marlin, sailfish and tuna. Pisces Sportfishing maintains one of the top fishing fleets, with a...  Read More

Long considered one of the benchmark spas in all of Latin America, The Spa at Esperanza is particularly noted for its romantic couples' treatments, but also boasts signature therapies like the Pasaje de Agua, a water based experience that...  Read More

The 144' luxury catamaran Caborey is the premier cruise ship in Los Cabos, best known for its perennially popular margarita and dinner cruises. The dinner cruise is one of the great local activities, particularly for those who are in town for a...  Read More

Dolphin swims are among the most popular tickets in town. There are actually several ways to experience these delightful and intelligent creatures: encounters, swims and the more in-depth trainer for a day program. The encounters occur in...  Read More

Based on a concept similar to that to the popular reality television show Amazing Race, A-Maze-In Cabo Race is at heart a tour around the city that offers participants an introduction to the area's signature sights, as well as a few lesser known...  Read More


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is co-founder of CaboVivo, co-writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, Editor at, and a contributor to Forbes and 10Best at USA Today, as well as other websites and...  More About Chris